The Thesaurus says trust is —
“To rely upon or place confidence in someone or something (usually followed by in or to)…”
So to trust is to believe that something will happen, or that someone will actually do what they said they would do.
A week ago I offered to lend a fairly new acquaintance a reasonable sum of money. She didn’t ask — I offered and after some deliberation she accepted saying she would pay me back next Tuesday — today.
I mentioned it to a couple of people and the reaction was the same — wow you’re game doing that, what if she doesn’t pay you back?
Well, I went with my gut feeling, and decided that I could trust her. I felt happy about the whole deal and had no doubt that she would pay me back today. Then at eight thirty this morning I got a text message from my new friend asking if I would be at home today. I replied that I would be and returned to what I’d been doing — reading in bed.
Half an hour later the doorbell rang and there she was with the money — but there I was still in my pyjamas with bed hair and all!
So I’ve learnt to trust my gut instincts, something I never used to do. Whenever I have a major decision to make, I now stop and think about what my gut is telling me. If I have any qualms such as butterflies or find myself rubbing my tummy then I think about the ramifications of continuing.
Now I know — or I don’t think it’s a scientifically proven method but for me it seems to work — listening to my body.
I’m sure there are times that you’ve felt uneasy around someone, or just met another and felt really comfortable with them. That’s your gut instinct at work. But for most of my life I’ve ignored it and made some really stupid decisions that when I look back on I can recall not feeling quite right with.
So when have you gone with your gut instincts? Have there been times when you have made a decision with your head and felt uncomfortable about it?
Sadly a lot of the time we ignore our body, feed it crap and expect it to hold up under the strain. Yet if we treat it right, and really listen to it then it won’t let us down.